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Through My Bible Yr 03 – November 25
Exodus 36:8 – 37:9
Through My Bible – November 25

Exodus 36:8 – 37:9 (EHV)

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Exodus 36

The Coverings for the Dwelling

All the skilled craftsmen among the workers made the dwelling [1] out of ten curtains made from finely woven linen [2] and with blue, purple, and scarlet material. They [3] decorated the curtains with cherubim, which were the work of a skillful craftsman. The length of each panel of the curtain was forty-two feet, and the width of each panel was six feet. All the panels were the same size. 10 One set of five curtains was connected together into one panel, and the other set of five curtains was connected together. 11 They attached blue loops to the edge of the last panel in the first set of curtains. In the same way they attached loops to the edge of the last panel of the second set. 12 They made fifty loops for the edge of the first set of curtains and fifty loops for the edge of the second set of curtains. The two sets of loops lined up opposite one another. 13 They made fifty gold clasps, and they connected one set of curtains to the other with the clasps, so that the tent became one connected piece.

14 They made a curtain from panels of goats’ hair to serve as a tent over the dwelling. [4] They made eleven panels. 15 The length of each panel was forty-five feet, and the width of each panel was six feet. The eleven panels were the same size. 16 They connected five panels into one unit, and six panels into another unit. 17 They made fifty loops for the edge of the last curtain of one set, and fifty loops for the edge of the last curtain in the second set. 18 They made fifty bronze clasps and put the clasps into the loops to join the two pieces of the tent together, so that it was one unit.

19 They made another cover for the tent from rams’ skins dyed red and another cover from hides of sea cows to go above that one.

The Framework

20 They made upright boards [5] of acacia wood for the Dwelling. 21 Each board was fifteen feet tall, and the width of each board was twenty-seven inches. 22 There were two pegs on each board to join them to one another. [6] This is the way they made all the boards for the Dwelling.

23 They made twenty boards for the south side of the Dwelling. 24 They made forty socket bases of silver to go under the twenty boards—two sockets under the first board for its two pegs, and two sockets under the next board for its two pegs.

25 For the second side of the Dwelling, the north side, they made twenty boards, 26 with forty socket bases of silver—two sockets under the first board, and two sockets under the next board.

27 For the far side of the Dwelling, the west side, they made six boards. 28 They made two boards for each of the back corners of the Dwelling. 29 These two corner boards were double on the bottom, but they both were joined at the top by one ring. [7] Both sets were like this. 30 Altogether there were eight boards with silver socket bases. There were sixteen socket bases—two socket bases under each board.

The Crossbars

31 They made crossbars of acacia wood—five for the boards on one side of the Dwelling, 32 five crossbars for the boards on the other side of the Dwelling, and five crossbars for the boards on the back of the Dwelling on the west. 33 The middle bar, placed halfway up the boards, passed through from one end to the other end. 34 They overlaid the boards with gold and made gold rings to attach to them as a housing for the crossbars, and they overlaid the crossbars with gold.

The Partitions for the Sanctuary

35 They made a veil of blue, purple, and scarlet material and fine woven linen, decorated with cherubim, the work of a skillful craftsman. 36 They made four posts of acacia wood overlaid with gold. The posts stood on four socket bases of silver. The hooks were made of gold.

37 They made a screen for the entry to the tent out of blue, purple, and scarlet material and fine woven linen, the work of an embroiderer. 38 They made five posts of acacia to support the screen and overlaid them with gold. Their hooks were gold, and they cast five bronze socket bases for them.

The Ark of the Covenant

Exodus 37

Bezalel [8] made the ark [9] of acacia wood. It was forty-five inches long, twenty-seven inches wide, and twenty-seven inches high. He overlaid it with pure gold on the inside and the outside, and he made a gold border around it. He cast four gold rings for it and placed them next to its four feet—two rings on one side of it and two rings on the other side. He made poles of acacia wood and overlaid them with gold. He put the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark to carry the ark.

He made an atonement seat [10] of pure gold, forty-five inches long and twenty-seven inches wide. He made two cherubim of hammered gold for the two ends of the atonement seat, one cherub for one end and one cherub for the other. The cherubim on its two ends formed one piece with the atonement seat. [11] The cherubim spread their wings upward so that they covered the atonement seat with their wings, and they faced each other. The faces of the cherubim were looking inward toward the atonement seat.


  1. Exodus 36:8 Here dwelling refers to the inmost of the four layers that covered the sanctuary. Elsewhere, the Dwelling refers to the whole sanctuary.
  2. Exodus 36:8 Also translated twisted linen. It may refer to twisting different materials into one thread or to weaving them together.
  3. Exodus 36:8 Throughout the account of the construction of the Dwelling many of the Hebrew verbs and pronouns are singular, referring to Bezalel as the leader of the workers. Others are plural referring to those who worked under his direction. The Hebrew fluctuates between singular and plural. In this section the translation uses plural pronouns and verbs, because the work was done through Bezalel’s assistants, as verse 8 specifically says.
  4. Exodus 36:14 Here dwelling refers to the inner covering of the sanctuary. Elsewhere, the Dwelling refers to the whole sanctuary. Here tent refers to the second of the four coverings of the sanctuary. Elsewhere, Tent refers to the whole sanctuary.
  5. Exodus 36:20 Or frames
  6. Exodus 36:22 These pegs may be on the side of each board to connect it to the board next to it. Verse 24 describes two pegs on the bottom of each board to anchor the boards to the socket bases below the boards.
  7. Exodus 36:29 There is much disagreement about what it means that the boards are double at the bottom. Some think it means they are separate; some think it means they are joined together. The translation above suggests that two planks were joined together in one L-shaped cornerpiece.
  8. Exodus 37:1 Pronouns and verbs in this section are mostly singular referring to Bezalel. This does not mean he did all the work single-handedly.
  9. Exodus 37:1 An aron is a box or chest or even a coffin. The translation retains the traditional rendering ark.
  10. Exodus 37:6 The Hebrew word kapporet refers to an object that pertains to atonement. It can be translated atonement cover or place of atonement. The traditional translation mercy seat is based on the translation of Luther, Gnadenstuhl, throne of grace. This translation emphasizes that kapporet was not so much a cover for the ark as a footstool for God’s throne.
  11. Exodus 37:8 That is, the angels were to be permanently fastened to the lid.

The Holy Bible, Evangelical Heritage Version®, EHV®, © 2019 Wartburg Project, Inc. All rights reserved.


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